It’s only an hour or two into Twelfth Night in my part of the world, so a Christmas book is still timely. Right? Right.
I sure as hell hope so, because I still have my Christmas tree up (true story).
- Title: Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight
- Authors: Grace Burrowes
- Series: Windhams, Book 6
- Genre(s): Historical
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, October 2012
- Source: NetGalley ($6.39 ebook)
- Length: 384 pages
- Trope(s): Secrets & Scandals, War Wounds, Repressed Smart Girl, Manly Men to the Rescue, Plot Moppets, Drunken Duels, Title PØrn, Shark Jumping, Misuse of Historical Personages
- Quick blurb: Long-suppressed secrets threaten marriage of duke’s daughter and gentleman farmer.
- Quick review: Everything important happens off-page, leaving plenty of space for annoyances and WTFery.
- Grade: D
He wasn’t unaffected either. There was…tumescence.
I really need to remember to take a break from historicals after reading Miranda Neville and Courtney Milan, or while anticipating a catch-up on Sherry Thomas, because everything else just seems so…so…*sigh*
Burrowes’ debut The Heir was another one of my “gateway” romances, mostly because of a certain handjob scene early in the book. But she’s never been on my auto-buy list, for reasons I really couldn’t explain. Until now.
I admire her use of language — some of her sentences are marvelous. But in between, there’s weak characterization, a lot of repetitive and Romance-O-Matic plotwork and occasionally some very ill-advised WTFery. Or, to put it bluntly, her storytelling skills leave me cold.